Having been fully indoctrinated into the world of Disney Christmas with the incredible fireworks show, we were wide eyed and excited to see more!
We popped back to the hotel for warm baths, cups of tea and a change of clothes.
Disney Land may be known as “the happiest place on earth” but it’s also the coldest place on earth. If you’re planning a trip, wrap up warm!
We piled on coats and scarves. Suddenly a whole troop of green soldiers burst into the room, strapped camo parachutes on us and shoved us out of the window…
We floated down into Disney Studios.
The place had been closed for the night, so this really felt like fulfilling a childhood dream!
The pavements glittered with the afternoon’s rain but the Disney team were on hand to mop it all up…
We strolled through the studios and found ourselves in the streets of Paris.
Complete with lanterns, cobbles, fountains, trees and of course, Gustau’s.
^ The design detailing is just phenomenal. The carvings are rats, the water spouts are champagne bottles!
As you walk through the doors of Chez Remy, something rather special happens. You are shrunk to the size of a rat. As you walk further in, this becomes clear.
Just look at the size of a dinner plate compared to you!
A cockatil umbrella becomes a perfectly chic parasol, a jam jar lid a suitable table and champagne stoppers make fabulous chairs.
We met Emile.
A true gourmand, he’s a man after my own heart!
I really didn’t have high expectations of the food, so was utterly delighted when we were served a beautiful fillet of fish in a beurre blanc sauce, with ratatouille of course!
It’s worth mentioning that unless you’re into fast food, Disney is not an easy place to eat.
This was a fabulous dinner, but take snacks to get you through the rest of your time there. A pocket full of peanuts is a very good idea.
The chef came out from the kitchen to huge excitement… There was even a line of people waiting for autographs, I’m not sure Gordon Ramsey even get’s that response from a meal!
After supper we raced through the deserted streets of Paris.
Mum has always been significantly cooler than me.
We ducked into the ratatouille ride.
Where you dance across the rooftops of Paris.
Before climbing into your very own Ratmobile (I don’t think they’re called this, but they should be).
You don a pair of very fetching 3D glasses and whizz off.
Remy meets you and you dive through the roof into the restaurant kitchen below. Scoot through the place into the fridge.
You’re blasted with cold air so you really feel like you’re in a fridge!
At one point you get sprayed by a diner’s bottle of champagne and the ride sprays you with water, then you dive under the oven where you’re roasted under hot flames!
It truly is a multi-sensory experience.
We absolutely loved it.
And went round three times, before feeling like we might lose our supper.
So we skipped off to see what Toyland had to offer.
Joined some old blogging friends from Spain for a ride that mum would rather skip.
You’re dragged up to waaaay above the park, before being dropped like a toy soldier.
Mum was far more amused by the props!
Having exhausted the rides, we strolled home. Stopping for a few snaps along the way.
(I said you had to wrap up warm!)
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Just as we were getting back to the hotel we saw a family celebrating a birthday.
They were clapping and singing as the cake emerged and Micky was there with them dancing and hugging the birthday girl.
It’s really wonderful to see how much joy that little mouse still brings to the world and how much Disney means to people.